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Anita Jones is a University Professor in the University of Virginia. She is also a professor of computer science in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. She returned to the University in spring 1997 after serving in the Department of Defense during President Clinton's first term. Prior to entering government, she was Professor and Chair of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Virginia.

Ms. Jones was sworn in as the director of defense research and engineering in June 1993. In that position she was responsible for the management of the science and technology program of the Department of Defense. This included responsibility for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, oversight of the DoD laboratories, as well as being the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense for defense-related scientific and technical matters. She was responsible for both DoD-wide strategy and plans to develop technologies that enable U.S. military advantage.

Ms. Jones is a member of the National Science Board, the Defense Science Board, and the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Corporation. She has served on other government advisory boards and scientific panels such the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, and on various boards and panels for NASA, the National Research Council, and the National Science Foundation. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, and a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. She has received the Computing Research Association's Service Award, the Air Force Meritorious Civilian Service Award, and the Department of Defense Award for Distinguished Public Service. She has been a Monticello Memoirs Fellow.

She is currently a member of the board of directors of Science Applications International Corporation. Other private sector experience includes serving as a founder and vice president of Tartan Laboratories, trustee of the MITRE Corporation, and member of various academic and industrial advisory boards, including the MIT Lincoln Laboratories Advisory Board. She has published more than 37 technical articles and two books in the area of computer software and systems.

Ms. Jones received her A.B. from Rice University in mathematics. She earned a master of arts from the University of Texas, Austin, in literature, and a Ph.D. in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University. Her husband is Wm. A. Wulf, the president of the National Academy of Engineering and the AT&T Professor of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Virginia. They have two daughters, one living in the Seattle area and one in Bethesda, Maryland.

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Contact information: Anita K. Jones, Thornton Hall, Charlottesville, VA 22903; 804/982-2224 (voice); 804/982-2214(fax).

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